About Us - South Florida Sinus and Allergy Center

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About Us

South Florida Sinus and Allergy Center provides comprehensive testing and treatment of sinus and nasal allergies, as well as sleep and snoring-related conditions. Our team of medical specialists stays on the cutting-edge of technology and technique to consistently provide long-term sinonasal, sleep and snoring relief through individualized care. We treat many patients seeking second and third opinions as well as those who have undergone past unsuccessful treatments.

Lee M. Mandel, M.D. F.A.C.S., F.A.R.S.

Thousands of patients successfully treated.

“With Dr. Mandel, South Florida Breathes Easier.”

Dr. Mandel graduated top 5 in his medical class from the University of South Florida as standing President of Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society. Following his residency training at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, he excelled in a coveted Fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery under the tutelage of Dr. Ferdinand F. Becker, a pioneer in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.

Following in his mentor’s legacy, Dr. Mandel became a faculty member of the Open Forum — an annual international conference under the auspices of the Foundation of Innovation, Education, and Research in Otolaryngology — where he distinguished himself as a thought leader in his specialty. His highly specialized minimally invasive sinonasal, sleep and snoring office-based surgeries have helped thousands of patients breathe easier, and have influenced the advancement of the study and practice of Otolaryngology and Rhinologic surgery.

Throughout his medical career, Dr. Mandel has shared his knowledge of minimally invasive sinonasal, sleep, and snoring surgical techniques as well as individualized patient testing methods of his own invention, allowing physicians worldwide to provide their patients with the same level of care so they too can enjoy the comfort of a symptom-free life.

As a pioneer of progress, Dr. Mandel, Director of the South Florida Sinus and Allergy Center and the South Florida Snoring and Sleep Center, established a comprehensive state-of-the-art medical facility and enlisted a highly specialized faculty of medical professionals to assist in the delivery of treatment plans to meet the unique needs of each patient.

Dr. Mandel is Board Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and is co-founder and executive member of the board of directors for the Society for Innovation and Technology in Otolaryngology (SITO). He is an active member of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and is the only private practice Fellow of the American Rhinologic Society in South Florida where he serves on the Patient Advocacy Committee. Most recently, Dr. Mandel served as Secretary-Treasurer and President of the Florida Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and continues his service as Immediate Past-President.

Brigitte Shaw, M.M.S., PA-C

A passion for helping patients.

Brigitte has been a Physician Assistant with Dr. Mandel since 2009. She completed her Masters of Medical Science with highest honors from Nova Southeastern University College of Allied Health in 2009 and received her Physician Assistant certification from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She was recognized and nominated by the physician assistant program director and faculty at Nova Southeastern University for induction into Pi Alpha, the National Honor Society for Physician Assistants. She began her career as a Physician Assistant in otolaryngology shortly after completing her clinical preceptorship as a student with Dr. Mandel.

Brigitte is an active member of these associations:

  • Florida Academy of Physician Assistants (FAPA) since 2007
  • The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) since 2008
  • The Society of Physician Assistants in Otorhinolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery (SPAO-NHS) since 2011
  • The American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy (AAOA) since 2012
  • The board of directors for the Society of Physician Assistants in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery (SPAO-NHS) since 2017 (2-year term as Director at Large)

Brigitte has also served as a clinical preceptor for Physician Assistant students at Nova Southeastern and Barry Universities. Brigitte also conducts the Physician Assistant Program at the annual Florida Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery meeting. Further, she speaks nationally on the role of the Physician Assistant in Otolaryngology.

Sameeksha Ng-a-Kien, M.M.S., PA-C

Listening is one of the most important parts of medicine.

Sameeksha is a Board Certified Physician Assistant who joined Dr. Lee Mandel, and ENT and Allergy Associates of Florida in June, 2017. She graduated with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Keiser University and received her Physician Assistant certification from National Committee on Certification of Physician Assistants in 2017. She has been an active member of the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants since 2015, and teaches the endoscopy course to PA students at the annual FSO meeting.

Sameeksha chose to pursue a career as an ENT PA after attending a conference hosted by Network of Florida Otolaryngologists in 2016. She joined South Florida Sinus and Allergy Center under the tutelage of Dr. Lee Mandel, eager to join their shared mission of improving the quality of patient care in South Florida through the development of innovative, leading-edge techniques in testing, treatment and recovery.

Eden Avni, M.M.S., PA-C

Eden Avni is a Florida-licensed Physician Assistant board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Eden graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences, along with a Minor in Health Administration. She then graduated with a Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Nova Southeastern University College of Allied Health in 2017.

Eden is an active member of the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants, American Academy of Physician Assistants, and Society of Physician Assistants in Otorhinolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery (SPAO-NHS). She is fluent in both English and Hebrew. Shortly after completing her clinical rotation with Brigitte and Dr. Mandel, Eden pursued her passion for otolaryngology and began her career as an ENT PA in January 2018.

Experienced Team

Our medical specialists stay on the cutting-edge of technology and technique.

Providing expert care through individualized treatment plans and advanced surgical techniques, our team of highly specialized professionals will ensure you experience the comfort of long-term – and in many cases, permanent – sinonasal, sleep, and snoring relief.

Lee M. Mandel, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.R.S.

Lee M. Mandel, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.R.S.

Brigitte Shaw, M.M.S., PA-C

Brigitte Shaw, M.M.S., PA-C

Sameeksha Ng-a-Kien, M.M.S., PA-C

Sameeksha Ng-a-Kien, M.M.S., PA-C

Eden Avni, M.M.S., PA-C

Eden Avni, M.M.S., PA-C

Charlotte Vertuli, Practice Site Administrator

Charlotte Vertuli, Practice Site Administrator

Ashley Waters, L.P.N., Allergy Nurse

Ashley Waters, L.P.N., Allergy Nurse

Shelly Singh, L.P.N., Allergy Nurse

Shelly Singh, L.P.N., Allergy Nurse

Julie Serrano, L.P.N., Allergy Nurse

Julie Serrano, L.P.N., Allergy Nurse

Nelia Tavarez, R.M.A., Lead Medical Assistant

Nelia Tavarez, R.M.A., Lead Medical Assistant

Jennifer Martucci, Medical Assistant

Jennifer Martucci, Medical Assistant

Julie Diamond, R.N., PACU Nurse

Julie Diamond, R.N., PACU Nurse

Shana Lane, R.N., B.S.N., Operating Room Nurse

Shana Lane, R.N., B.S.N., Operating Room Nurse

Brian Rivera Hernandez, Operating Room Technician

Brian Rivera Hernandez, Operating Room Technician

Stacy Myers, Radiology Technologist

Stacy Myers, Radiology Technologist

Fabienne Clermont, Radiology Technologist

Fabienne Clermont, Radiology Technologist

Abbie Helman, Director of Clinical Outreach

Abbie Helman, Director of Clinical Outreach

Taylor Mandel, Marketing Director

Taylor Mandel, Marketing Director

Ashley Rodriguez, Front Desk Representative

Ashley Rodriguez, Front Desk Representative

Danielle Stuart, Front Desk Representative

Danielle Stuart, Front Desk Representative

Sara Johnson, Front Desk Representative

Sara Johnson, Front Desk Representative

Alissar Zraika, Front Desk Representative

Alissar Zraika, Front Desk Representative

Maria Kahl, Patient Representative

Maria Kahl, Patient Representative

Carrie White, Patient Representative

Carrie White, Patient Representative

Suzette Manasseh, Intake Coordinator

Suzette Manasseh, Intake Coordinator